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February 03, 2007


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Granada is probably an overnight trip at least, but soooo worth it. You'd have to take national rail there. (Go the night before and visit Alhambra early the next morning, I think. You have to sort out your Alhambra tickets in advance, IIRC.)
But Montserrat is just a daytrip (commuter rail trip, with funicular (sp?) up to the site), but also there's a Gaudi park out in the suburbs that is worth the subway ride - kind of like a trip to the boroughs. My hairdresser goes every year to Sitges and raves about it.
I am so psyched for you! Yay!


When I was in Barcelona almost four years ago, I enjoyed a couple of "slow food"-type meals at Cosas de Menjar (a cozy funky little place, with mismatched silverware and dishes on the walls) and then Bestial (I know, weird name, but it's a sleek contemporary place right on the beach and--to continue the toilet theme from the previous post--has a people's room rather than men's and women's rooms). And of course there are all the bocadillo bars in the Barri Gotic.

Lee Kottner

I'm seriously considering Granada, Em. I'd love to see the Alhambra. If I can arrange it with a minimum of fuss, I'm definitely going. And I plan on cramming in as much Gaudi stuff as I can. Definitely the parks.
Kristin, thanks for the recommendations! I'd heard about Bestial, but not Cosas de Menjar. I'll definitely look it up. Since I'm not much into shopping (as long as I don't find some funky paper store), I think food and sightseeing are going to be the major focus of this trip.

Rob Kellerman

Once I'm done coughing up little green clots of envy, I will wish you safe and happy travels.

I have been funded for a conference in San Antonio in March, so I too will be traveling to a really foreign country. Bon voayage! I can't wait to read the blog and see the picutres! Rob

Lee Kottner

Don't hurt yourself with those little green clots, honey. And yes, Texas is a foreign country--and not in a good way.


Yeah, Texas is definitely a different place--I have in-laws in San Antonio, so I go about once a year. Except for the city center, the whole place is zoned for highways, strip malls, and big box stores. But dang, the Tex-Mex food is better there than anywhere else! If anyone offers you a pork tamale, just say yes. And for me, the city is the capital of Mexican greasy brekkie. I start drooling just thinking of fresh handmade flour tortillas filled with chorizo and egg....


Ibiza is a possible choice indeed. Never been there so you might want to see if it is still as good as its on reputation. I did go to Majorca during Franco's reign in the mid-1970s. It was a beautiful paradise then.

Don't forget the city-operated tourist buses (more research since my last trip there was ten years ago). I also visited Stiges, south of Barcelona, because if was billed as a gay mecca. I was not thrilled.

If you venture by the Hotel California, where I stayed, find out what kind of coffee they have for breakfast. It was truly the best I have ever had.

Bon voyage. Please post photos and send a postcard if you get a chance. You will love Barcelona. Did I say not to miss the aquarium?

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